Christmas by the Sea 

Communities along the midcoast are coming together to celebrate the holiday season this weekend.As Meghan Hayward tells us, there are all sorts of activities that are fun for the whole family.Santa Claus will be coming to town, on a lobster boat.It’s all part of the 23rd annual Christmas by the Sea in the Camden Hills Region.”It’s a really great chance for everyone in the Camden Hills region to basically come home for the holidays. Even if you’re not from here. We feel for a lot of people. The coast of Maine is as much a spiritual home as a physical home. A great chance to come home and embrace everything the holidays and Christmas means to folks here on the coast.”There will be a variety of events throughout the weekend.But organizers say the tree lighting and the arrival of Santa are the popular attractions.” Throughout the weekend, Santa zooms around by sleigh, by fire truck and by various types of boats.”Several businesses hold open houses, stay open later than normal, and offer some shopping deals.Windsor Chairmakers in Lincolnville welcomes folks into their workshop to see furniture being made.”The two reasons we really like participating in the event, one is it brings new people to the area, so they get to experience it and see what we have to offer, and the second part is it’s wonderful to see the community come together.”Business owners say the event is something folks look forward to all year-round.”I know people who plan their whole Christmas shopping around this weekend. And in fact we had probably 15 phone calls yesterday about what opportunities there were here.”Organizers say if you’ve never been to Christmas by the Sea, you’re missing out.”Where else can you stand on top of a mountain and potentially see snow on top of the hill and also see the Atlantic Ocean at the same time. Eat, do your shopping and really relax on the coast of Maine.”For a list of all the events taking place go to their website,